Liverpool news: Benteke could be set for long lay-off as striker set for scan

first_img1 Liverpool striker Christian Benteke will undergo a scan on his injured hamstring on Tuesday.The £32.5m summer signing came off at half-time of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Norwich after feeling tightness in his hamstring.Manager Brendan Rodgers insisted after the game that the 24-year-old’s withdrawal was simply a precautionary measure.But there are now fears that Benteke could be set for a lengthy lay-off, with the Reds facing an anxious wait to discover the severity of the problem.He will definitely miss the League Cup clash with Carlisle at Anfield on Wednesday night, while he appears a major doubt for this weekend’s visit of his former club Aston Villa.“Christian is going to have an MRI scan today. He has a problem with his hamstring,” said Liverpool assistant boss Gary McAllister. “He’s not going to be ready for tomorrow.”Losing for Benteke for any amount of time will be a big blow for boss Brendan Rodgers as he looks to arrest a run of five games without a win.The Belgian has scored twice – including a spectacular strike against Manchester United – in his six appearances for the club. Christian Benteke last_img read more

Lucas: Liverpool stars back under-fire Brendan Rodgers

first_img Liverpool star Lucas with manager Brendan Rodgers 1 Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has insisted he and his Reds team-mates are fully behind under-fire manager Brendan Rodgers.Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Aston Villa eased pressure on the boss, whose role at the club has been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks following the team’s tepid start to the season.Such has the spotlight been on the Northern Irishman, that Liverpool this week had to dismiss reports Carlo Ancelotti had been approached about the possibility of taking over.Rodgers reacted to the speculation following Saturday’s win, saying he was perplexed by the ‘hysteria’ currently surrounding the club, while admitting there are a ‘group of people who don’t want me here as the manager’.But a much-needed victory over the Villa eased pressure on the boss, and Brazil international Lucas insists the Reds stars are keen to prove their allegiance with results.“We wanted to win for the manager,” said Lucas.“We know what has been said about him and think we showed we are a group of players behind him and trying to make everything right.”Daniel Sturridge’s first goals since March could not have come at a better time, as he scored twice to guide Liverpool to only their third win of the season.James Milner netted the Reds’ opener after just 66 seconds – with Rudy’s Gestede’s double not enough for Tim Sherwood’s Villans – and the England midfielder attempted to calm the storm, with three points lifting Liverpool to within five points of Premier League leaders Manchester United.“Football is a crazy game, lots of things get said and it changes so fast,” Milner told liverpoolfc.com.“We just need make sure that we concentrate on what’s happening in that dressing room with the backroom staff, the manager and the players, we stick together and hopefully this can kick-start this next run of games for us.“It says a lot about the team that we kept going and got the win.“I think we had the better of the game – in terms of chances, possession and territory but the big man they had up front was dangerous.“They got two goals and that’s something for us to work on.”last_img read more

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis fined £8,000 after admitting improper conduct charge

first_img Tony Pulis 1 West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has been fined £8,000 by the Football Association after admitting a charge of improper conduct.Pulis was charged after Saturday’s game against Leicester with “using language and/or behaviour in or around the tunnel area after the fixture which amounts to improper conduct”.He was given until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge and has opted not to contest it.A short statement on the FA website read: “West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis has been fined £8,000 after he admitted a breach of FA rules in relation to a misconduct charge.”last_img read more

Middlesbrough 1-0 Queens Park Rangers: Grant Leadbitter’s stoppage-time penalty snatches home side a victory

first_img Captain Grant Leadbitter won it late on for Boro 1 Grant Leadbitter’s late penalty stole Middlesbrough a fortunate 1-0 win over QPR at the Riverside.The game looked to be heading for a goalless draw until Leroy Fer’s late handball in added time gave the referee no choice but to award the hosts a penalty.Leadbitter fired home from the spot to hand Aitor Karanka’s side their tenth win of the season, beating a Rangers side without a recognised striker.Hosts Middlesbrough were looking to return to winning ways after losing to Hull last time out, before the international break.Karanka’s men went into the clash sitting fourth in the league, playing a 13th-placed QPR side who were without a win in their last three.They had to travel to Teesside without interim manager Neil Warnock, who was absent due to “personal reasons”, the club revealed earlier on Friday afternoon. Kevin Blackwell, who was brought in to assist Warnock, took charge of the Hoops at the Riverside.It was reported this week that Warnock expects to be in charge of the Loftus Road club for two further games.A slow start to the game saw few chances mustered in the opening ten minutes.David Nugent looked to be through on goal shortly after that period, before Rangers captain Nedum Onuoha made a last-ditch challenge to prevent the former Leicester forward from advancing.Lively Boro wideman Albert Adomah looked to create an opening after 20 minutes, when he made a dangerous run into the right-hand side of the box. He squared the ball to Nugent, who did not get clean contact on the ball but his shot still beat goalkeeper Green, hitting the inside of the post as the ball trickled along the goal line before the former England stopper gathered.Brazilian midfielder Sandro forced Boro shot stopper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos into making a good save after his long-range strike, before Boro’s Diego Fabbrini, on loan from Watford, flashed a shot wide at the other end.QPR made a positive start to the second period, with Yun Suk-Young attacking dangerously down the left before pulling it back for Matt Phillips, playing up front in Charlie Austin’s absence. He could not get the ball out of his feet, despite being just yards from goal, and danger was averted.Konstantopoulos was on hand to stop Fer’s stinging shot before getting a hand to Alejandro Faurlin’s effort.Stewart Downing shot wide for the hosts before Grant Hall headed past the post at the other end, as a 0-0 score-line looked inevitable.Karanka pushed for a late winner by putting on Cristhian Stuani and Kike alongside existing attackers Downing and Nugent, but QPR continued to look comfortable with a high line before Fer was dismissed in stoppage time.An overhead kick by Kike looked destined for the back of the net, although Green was sprawling, and the Dutch midfielder needlessly punched the ball clear on the goal line and the referee had to award a spot-kick.With 92 minutes on the clock, Leadbitter coolly converted the penalty past Green to snatch Boro all three points. Ahead of the rest of the Championship’s games this weekend, the win puts Boro up to third, a point ahead of Burnley who slipped to fourth.last_img read more

2 Wilmington refineries hit by outage work on full return

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPreliminary results from a Los Angeles Department of Water and Power investigation found that power was cut early Wednesday to two high-voltage cables that feed the Harbor Area, DWP spokeswoman Darlene Battle said. Battle said workers were attempting to temporarily switch power sources to do some form of maintenance when the outage occurred. “They were de-energizing the Wilmington receiving station, which was feeding the harbor receiving station,” Battle said. “Something happened which caused the harbor station to lose power.” Electricity was restored to most residents and businesses within five minutes, she said, but outages at the refineries lasted longer: more than an hour at the Valero plant and 19 minutes at ConocoPhillips. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who represents the Harbor Area, said Friday that she will request a copy of the investigative report from the DWP. By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER On the third day that a power outage halted production at two Wilmington oil refineries, workers Friday continued the slow process of resuming the flow of crude oil. Officials said they expect to return to full production by Monday. “My brother’s power was out,” said Hahn, referring to former L.A. Mayor James Hahn. “My mother’s power was out, and my power was out. We all live in different areas of San Pedro. This was a big outage that affected homes, businesses and the refineries. “I want to know what went wrong and how we can prevent it in the future.” A plume of metallic dust escaped from a ConocoPhillips stack Thursday as workers tried to restart the fluid cracking catalyst unit. The metallic dust cloud posed no health threat, but the unit was immediately shut down again. Inspectors from South Coast Air Quality Management District oversaw the safe startup of that unit Friday. Officials at the Valero refinery said they expect to resume normal production today. “We’re losing about three to four days of production,” Valero spokesman Steve Faichney said. “Even if we’re back up online Saturday, it still takes 12 to 24 hours to be back online to be making full-spec material.” sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Potter books cover more than religion

first_imgI mean no disrespect, but aren’t we past the controversy about the Harry Potter series being the work of the devil? Apparently not. At a Monday press conference at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre to launch J.K. Rowling’s U.S. tour promoting her seventh and last book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” religion once again took center stage. Four questions of the paltry eight or 10 asked during the 20-minute interview session seemed to focus on the subject. The first question came from a reporter for a religious publication who took her once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to apologize to Rowling for the few (whom Rowling described as the “lunatic religious whackos”) who’ve dogged her since the first Harry Potter book was printed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The reporter reiterated that many Christians adore Rowling’s books – which is great. That’s a far different viewpoint than the hundreds of reports over the years of Harry Potter book bans, anti-Potter church sermons, and groups who’ve actually pitched copies on to bonfires for their so-called anti-Christian themes. I applaud this reporter for speaking her mind and am grateful for people like her in the world. But more questions continued to come: Was Rowling aware of the Catholic League’s protest of Philip Pullman’s “The Golden Compass”? Did she have any thoughts about how that mirrored her own experience with religious groups? Why did she start “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” with a passage from American Quaker William Penn’s “More Fruits of Solitude”? Why did she choose specific scriptural quotations to appear on tombstones found in the “Goderick’s Hollow” chapter, where Harry visits his parents’ resting place? And does Harry’s mentor – Professor Dumbledore, who dies in the sixth book – spend eternity in train-station limbo, beating himself up over his own past and the things he put Harry through? (No, Rowling said, he will have a happy afterlife. Thank God). Understandably, people want to see their world views played out in the books they read, shows they watch and movies they see. But what puzzles me is the media’s obsession with this issue. Here, sitting before you, you have the richest and nearly the most popular woman in all of Christendom; a woman who has never been able to speak about her books with any measure of abandon before because of the mysteries that were yet to be revealed; a woman whose works captured the hearts, minds and pocketbooks of young and old on nearly every continent. Do you have to bring up that old chestnut, the one she keeps getting asked and keeps answering with the same responses? Why can’t we move past this? I’m bored with it already, and if I am, then Rowling must be bored to sobs. Indeed, the Harry Potter books cover lots of other important issues and themes – hate, friendship and the power of love – but no one seems to care about those things. The media seem to care about only one issue: Is there God in Harry’s world? Are we not, as a culture, able to add anything else to the human discourse? Rowling admitted at the press conference that the Potter series is a quintessentially British story, so naturally there would be religious symbolism from her own background. It was not necessarily done as a calculated theme or allusion, though the passages and quotations did guide her. The book, as she wrote it, is neither pro-Christianity nor against. “I’m conflicted,” she said. Rowling must have the patience of Job to continue answering these tired queries and reminding the public that her book is also about the ramifications of bigotry and intolerance. The series is about how hatred can destroy people, how a single person’s choices can have lasting effects. She’s said it before, but no one takes the bait. On Monday, Rowling reminded the assembled media again about those subjects, to which the follow-up question was – well, there wasn’t one. No one cared. Intolerance, bigotry and hate apparently aren’t worth discussing. Let’s get back to the religion thing, shall we? The secrets of Harry Potter are out, so Rowling can be as forthcoming as she wants to be with information about the story. But no one will let her, and that’s a real shame. Sharon Kaplan writes for the Daily News’ Harry Potter blog, Portkey to Hogwarts, www.insidesocal.com/harrypotter.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Drug cloud hangs over Jaguars star

first_imgNow Kitna is getting some flak on local TV and in a newspaper column. Kitna said he was just trying to have fun, but regrets the scrutiny the costumes created. “If I would’ve known this, I wouldn’t have done it because I didn’t want to try to bring attention to it,” Kitna told a large group of reporters. Defensive line coach Joe Cullen pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and guilty to impaired driving after he was arrested twice last year, once in August 2006 after police said he was driving nude through a Wendy’s drive-through lane. John Lynch said he felt optimistic that the stinger he suffered Monday night was unrelated to his 2004 neck surgery – but the concerned look on his face and the worry in his voice belied that brave front. “I’m feeling all right, obviously not too well when you’ve got to come out of a game. But I got a little stinger and (I’m) just waiting on doctors to see how we’re going to proceed. But I feel better,” the eight-time Pro Bowl safety said after the Broncos’ workout. Lynch, 36, struggled with neck injuries in 2003, his final season in Tampa Bay, and he had surgery to remove bone spurs in early 2004. Carr up and running Kitna regrets attention from costume Lynch injury a concern Around the league 49ers: Kicker Joe Nedney was fined $7,500 for making an obscene gesture at his home fans during last week’s game against New Orleans. Nedney blamed frustration for his sly gesticulation in the third quarter of the 49ers’ 31-10 loss to the Saints, their fifth consecutive defeat. Raiders: Oakland has had trouble stopping the run all season. Now it will have to fix that problem without its most consistent lineman. Tommy Kelly will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ligament in his right knee, the latest injury to hit Oakland’s defensive line. Saints: Running back Reggie Bush returned to practice while four other starters sat out. Bush had 113 total yards in the Saints’ 31-10 win over San Francisco before leaving the game with bruised ribs. Colts: Indianapolis held out of practice Pro Bowl players defensive end Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, and starting guard Ryan Lilja. All three are injured and were listed as out for practice because of a team decision. Dolphins: Claimed running back Samkon Gado off waivers from Houston and cut defensive tackle Sam Rayburn. Buccaneers: Placed special teams star Torrie Cox on injured reserve and signed receiver Chas Gessner. Jaguars: Signed defensive tackle Grady Jackson to a one-year contract and placed defensive tackle Tony McDaniel on injured reserve. Jets: Wide receiver Laveranues Coles has a concussion and it’s uncertain if he’ll play against Washington this weekend. Lions: The NFL Management Council and NFL Players Association waived a scheduled hearing involving Detroit and Charles Rogers, handling a grievance with a conference call and submitted briefs. Texans: Quarterback Matt Schaub was still feeling the effects of a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit against San Diego, and Coach Gary Kubiak said he probably wouldn’t play Sunday against Oakland. Browns: Nose tackle Ted Washington’s season ended when the Browns placed the 17-year veteran on injured reserve due to a left knee injury. Vikings: Tarvaris Jackson (finger) is in line to return as Minnesota’s starting quarterback this week against San Diego.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Stroud, a three-time Pro Bowl tackle who has 29 tackles and three sacks this season, declined to address the reports Wednesday, but said he expects to play at New Orleans. Carolina Panthers quarterback Vinny Testaverde missed practice, leaving David Carr the front-runner to start Sunday at Tennessee. The 43-year-old Testaverde aggravated a right Achilles’ tendon injury in the first half of Carolina’s loss to Indianapolis. He sat out the second half and has been receiving extensive treatment the last three days. Carr, who missed the Panthers’ win over Arizona, replaced Testaverde despite still recovering from compression fractures in his lower back. Saying he was only at 80 percent, Carr threw for 103 yards, but the Panthers were outscored, 21-0, in the second half of the 31-7 loss. Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna and his wife dressed up as a naked man and a fast-food drive-through attendant at a teammate’s Halloween party, depicting an embarrassing moment for one of the team’s assistant coaches. From news services Jaguars defensive tackle Marcus Stroud practiced as usual Wednesday despite uncertainty about his future. A newspaper and a radio station reported that Stroud is facing a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s steroids and related substances policy. The Florida Times-Union and WJXL-AM in Jacksonville, citing anonymous sources, said Stroud tested positive for banned supplements. According to the Times-Union, Stroud’s `A’ sample came back positive last week. The paper said he exercised his right to have his `B’ sample tested Monday. last_img

ADHD is label that conceals problems

first_imgStudents who can’t control their impulses and pay attention are popping up in classrooms across the nation. Try these calming strategies to help your children and students focus and succeed. “Some children seek out more, more, more,” says Michelle Yoder, a therapist. “They are disruptive, up and down in their seats, are loud talkers, chew on nonfood items and have to touch everything. They come up with any excuse to move.” The behavior gets many kids mislabeled as having ADHD, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Yoder says. But instead, they are having difficulty regulating the information taken in through their senses. The nervous system either overreacts or underreacts to what’s going on around them. At either extreme – craving stimulation or avoiding it – the problem can be a sensory processing disorder that disrupts a child’s daily life. At home or school, create opportunities for kids to play in a vertical position. When a youngster paints at an easel, she is standing and her hand has to be extended. That develops the wrist extension necessary to write and cut. At home, give a child a bucket of water and let her paint a fence or garage, which also build her muscles . Go to www.southpaw enterprises.com for tools and equipment to help children get their bodies and brains working together. “Sensational Kids” (Putnam, 2006, $24.95) by Lucy Jane Miller, occupational therapist and researcher on sensory processing disorders. Can you help? Question: “What do you do when not only a child in your class doesn’t listen, but the parents don’t listen either? We have a 2-year-old in our class who obviously never hears the word no at home. His parents refuse to follow our school rules, such as wearing closed-toe shoes instead of Crocs.” – A preschool teacher in Raleigh, N.C. If you have tips or a question, please e-mail us at p2ptips@att.net. Betsy Flagler, a journalist based in Davidson, N.C., teaches preschool and is the mother of a teen-age son. If you have tips or questions, please e-mail us at p2ptips@att.net or call Parent to Parent at 704-236-9510.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! All students, no matter their sensory issues, benefit when they have chances to move around during the school day and do “heavy work,” says therapist Diana A. Henry. In class and at home, kids need jobs. Find outside work for all seasons: digging holes for plants, raking leaves, shoveling snow, washing the car, pushing a wheelbarrow and pulling a loaded wagon. Set your grocery bags inside the door and have your child push them into the kitchen. In class, have your students carry or move bins, push or pull cartons of books, help stack chairs on tables, and clean the chalkboards and desks, Henry suggests. Work that lets kids use their muscles is calming and helps them focus, says Henry, whose Web site is www.ateachabout.com. Less time for outdoor play puts more pressure on teachers, she says, to find strategies to manage their classrooms. Activities at break times where a child stretches or bears weight on the hands, such as the crab walk or wheelbarrow walk. last_img read more

8 apartments in fumigated SP building are burglarized

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Eight units at 1240 Centre St. were broken into sometime between the time that workers tented the building Monday morning and when the tarp was removed Tuesday afternoon. The only unit not burglarized belonged to the apartment manager. Pinnacle Property Management in Torrance informed the residents, who were staying at a nearby Vagabond Inn, on Tuesday about the break-ins. The residents, however, had to wait another day before they could return home, since it takes 24 hours for toxic gas to clear out once the tent is removed. “That was the worst part, having to wait in the hotel knowing your home was robbed,” resident Robert Ausbourne said. “We didn’t get much sleep that night.” On Wednesday, residents found their homes ransacked and their valuables gone. “They ripped out all the drawers and threw stuff everywhere,” said Rob Currier, standing in the middle of his apartment. “I go to get something and it’s gone. Just this morning I went looking for my Bluetooth and it wasn’t there.” The burglars took mostly jewelry, video games and consoles, cameras, electronics and cash. Some residents said they found their computers in an outdoor main hallway, as if the thieves left them behind in a hurry. “They sliced the tarp with a knife and busted the doorknobs off the units,” said Jaime Rivas, owner of Kal Fume in Buena Park, the company contracted by Gateway Exterminators in Los Angeles to fumigate the apartments. “I called the Police Department in San Pedro but they said they wouldn’t come until the homeowners had come back,” Rivas said. Harbor Division police Sgt. Mark Jauregui said Rivas’ call was not logged, but it’s possible an officer told him the investigation couldn’t start until the building was safe to enter. “I’m surprised the people at Kal Fume aren’t trained not to touch a tented building that has been breached or if they find the building not secured,” said Andy Santonello of Andy’s Termite and Pest Control in Lomita. Santonello said he thought it was common practice for fumigators to wait until police arrived before finishing the job. State law requires licensed fumigators not only to lock each apartment, but also secure each door with a secondary lock. Already the fumigators have different information than the police detectives. Rivas said when his workers removed the tent, the apartment doors were open and it looked like the thieves broke the locks. Some of the doorknobs were so mangled that workers had to nail the doors shut after they left. However, Detective Maurice Graham said there was no forced entry. “(The suspects) went in and the doors to the units were open,” Graham said. “We don’t have any leads and we don’t know how they did it.” Once the fumigators – who had keys to every unit – removed the torn tent, they entered each apartment, stepping over items scattered by the looters to open the windows to disseminate the toxic fumes, Rivas said. By Thursday afternoon, police detectives had not yet interviewed Kal Fume’s fumigators. “We’ll eventually get around to calling them,” Graham said. If the thieves entered the building while it was fumigated, they not only would have been exposed to deadly Vikane gas, but also to tear gas, which is added to deter people and animals from entering the tents. They would have also needed special respirators, similar to the kind used by firefighters since regular gas masks do not filter out Vikane. “Vikane is very, very deadly,” Santonello said. “If we were to walk into a fumigation we would be dead in two minutes.” Such thieves usually are familiar with how to access a tented building and avoid being poisoned. “Any fumigator would find it very easy to burglarize other fumigation projects,” Santonello said. “Tear gas and secondary locks are well known to all fumigators. We all buy secondary locks from the same supplier, as well as the mechanisms to open them.” Detectives are still taking inventory of what was stolen and apartments are being dusted for prints. “Until we start eliminating people, everyone is a suspect,” Graham said. megan.bagdonas@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On Monday, poisonous gas filled Corinna Talavera’s apartment building in San Pedro. On Tuesday, she found out nearly the entire complex that had been fumigated for termites was burglarized. On Wednesday, the police arrived. “I left here feeling safe,” said Talavera, who came home to a ransacked apartment. “Now I feel confused and scared for my children.” last_img read more